This article explores narrator reconstrual, and its stylistic forms and functions, in contemporary fiction. Previous research in narrative retellings historically has focused on how stories are retold at the site of text production: by writers or speakers making edits or amendments to their work, or by adapting, translating, or rewriting the stories of others. This article begins by outlining the different types of narrative retelling that occur across all levels of the text and argues that the construal model provides a stylistic framework to examine how retellings as told by the same narrator, in particular, are created and represented in stories. Through analysis of four reconstrued scenes from different text types and genres, this article suggests that narrator reconstrual is a pervasive phenomenon in contemporary fiction, and that its occurrence gives rise to meaningful interpretive effects through conceptual comparison and readers’ characterization of the storyteller.
|Number of pages||24|
|Early online date||18 May 2023|
|Publication status||Published - 18 May 2023|
Bibliographical noteThis article is protected by copyright. This is an accepted manuscript of an article published in Style. The published version is available at: https://doi.org/10.5325/style.57.2.0163
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